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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Socio-Spatial Workshop with Casa Bloc Refugees in Barcelona

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For two weeks in December, our students were immersed in our yearly workshop with a local partner on local issues, this time collaborating with Barcelona City Council’s Ciutat Refugi program…

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An Interview with Codirector Sandra Bestraten on Accessibility

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We are thrilled to share this video interview (in Catalan) with our codirector Sandra Bestraten on beteve regarding her work as an architect in the creation of accessible spaces. In…


Alumni Shares Experience on Urban Integration of Refugees in Greece

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This Friday, we welcome back former student of our master program Esther Menduiña as guest lecturer to hear about her experience during this past year working for the Norweigan Refugee…


New MSF Manual for Modular Operating Facility in Emergencies

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MSF Spain, the Spanish arm of the international organization Medecins Sans Frontieres that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made…

"This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design. "

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"This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world."

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